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Debate: Religion has a place in the 21st century.

Debate: Religion has a place in the 21st century.

by: The Telegraph - Reporters in Activities,

 In his address, Lord Williams said: ''Religion has always been a matter of community building, a matter of building relations of compassion, fellow-feeling and, dare I say it, inclusion. ''The notion that religious commitment can be purely a private matter is one that runs against the grain of religious history.''

Prudence, not prurience

Prudence, not prurience

by: The Tablet in Activities,

The Catholic school system in the United Kingdom is one of the success stories of which the various Catholic communities of these islands can feel rightly proud. Usually such schools are in demand, sometimes oversubscribed; frequently their success outshines that of other schools in the neighbourhood.

Census 2011: Maerdy, Rhondda among least religious areas in Wales

Census 2011: Maerdy, Rhondda among least religious areas in Wales

by: BBC Wales in Activities,

The Friends of All Saints Church in Maerdy had tried to save it from closure, but failed. A village where parishioners fought to save their church is one of the least religious places in Wales and England, the 2011 Census shows. Residents of Maerdy, Rhondda, staged a sit-in at All Saints Church after it was threatened with closure, before it eventually shut its doors last July. 

Bishops to send out a million postcards on marriage

Bishops to send out a million postcards on marriage

by: Catholic Herald in Activities,

The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales is sending out a million postcards calling on MPs to oppose the Government’s redefinition of marriage. The postcards will be sent to parishes next week. Each card will have a space for people to sign their name so they can post it to their MP.

Bill Gates interview: I have no use for money. This is God’s work

Bill Gates interview: I have no use for money. This is God’s work

by: Neil Tweedie - The Telegraph in Activities,

Having already given away $28bn, Bill Gates intends to eradicate polio, with the same drive he brought to Microsoft . He speaks to Neil Tweedie. Later this month, Gates will deliver the BBC’s Dimbleby Lecture, taking as his theme the value of the young human being Photo: Andrew Crowley for the Telegraph.

Teachers with true vocation

Teachers with true vocation

by: The Telegraph in Activities,
Formerly St Mary's CE Primary School, it was closed in August 2011 by the county council after being deemed "financially unviable". On Monday it opened its doors as a free school with 24 pupils after being run as a non-fee paying independent school. 
The Vatican will be the most talked-about newcomer

The Vatican will be the most talked-about newcomer

by: Laura Gascoigne - The Tablet in Activities,

Representation in Venice is as important for nations as for artists. A pavilion at the Biennale is a sign that a state, no matter how troubled or politically backward, has joined the Western cultural consensus. It’s six years since the first whispers of a plan for a Vatican pavilion at the fifty-fourth Biennale followed the appointment in 2009 of the art-loving Gianfranco Ravasi as President of the Pontifical Council for Culture.

Be bearers of the message of Christian unity

Be bearers of the message of Christian unity

by: Pope Benedict XVI in Activities,

Be bearers of the message of Christian unity. Pope addresses 45,000 young members of the ecumenical Taizé community. Dear young friends, Christ does not remove you from the world. He sends you there where His light is missing, so that you may bring it to others. Yes, you are all called to be small lights to those around you.

New Year's resolutions?

New Year's resolutions?

by: Fr Stephen Wang in Activities,

I spent the last three days of the year helping on a retreat for young people in south London. On New Year's Eve we had a discussion session, and I put this question to them: If you knew the world was going to end in exactly one hour, what would you do with the time? 

Goodbye to Canterbury

Goodbye to Canterbury

by: Gerard O'Donovan in Activities,

Nothing captures that better than his own words: “Canterbury is much more than a functional building. It is an effort to make sense of the cosmos and reach out to its maker. Whether or not you want to talk about God, you can’t help but stand back and admire what humans can achieve in pursuit of transcendence.”

King Herod and the Wise Men - A Christmas Challence

King Herod and the Wise Men - A Christmas Challence

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Activities,

The Christmas story is surely one of the greatest stories ever told. It chronicles a birth from which the world records time as before or after. Moreover, it is written in a way that has inflamed the romantic imagination for 2000 years. This hasn't always been for the good. 

Taizé in Rome

Taizé in Rome

by: L'Osservatore Romano in Activities,

The 35th European Youth Meeting sponsored by the Taizé Community begins on Friday, 28 December, in Rome. More than 40,000 youth are expected for the traditional “Pilgrimage of Trust on Earth” which will last for six days. 

Pope's Message for Twenty-Eight World Youth Day

Pope's Message for Twenty-Eight World Youth Day

by: Pope Benedict XVI in Activities,

 "Go and make disciples of all nations!" is the title of the Holy Father's Message for the twenty-eighth World Youth Day 2013, which will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in July 2013. Some excerpts from the English language version of the text are given here.

Archbishop of Canterbury: society can’t wait to get old people ‘off our hands’

Archbishop of Canterbury: society can’t wait to get old people ‘off our hands’

by: John Bingham - The Telegraph in Activities,

British society is missing out on a massive contribution the elderly could play because too many people are simply waiting for them to die, the Archbishop of Canterbury has warned. In his last speech in the House of Lords before he steps down, Dr Rowan Williams said too many older people being were being “tolerated” rather than “valued”.

Benedict XVI@Pontifex

Benedict XVI@Pontifex

by: Reporters in Activities,

 Pope Benedict XVI has sent today his first tweets. We think it is an important day in history, when for the first time a Pope enters in this world-media network where millions of young people move and relate. "Dear friends,..." he tweets. 

Myth-busting the Christmas adverts

Myth-busting the Christmas adverts

by: Vanessa Barford & Gerry Holt - BBC in Activities,

Welcome to the world of Christmas adverts, where it's always snowing, the turkey's never overcooked, and the trees never shed their needles. Every year, some of Britain's biggest retailers turn TV commercial breaks into a winter wonderland. We all know it's a long way from reality, but it still looks like a nice place to visit - so just how far away is it?